Preview - PSG vs Strasbourg 08 April 19

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Match Day 31
PSG vs. Strasbourg
Monday, April 8th 2019
04:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Parc des Princes

Last five matches form: W W W W W
Average goals per match: 3.00
Average goals against per match: 0.55
Top Scorer: Kylianj Mbappé (27)

Last five matches form: D L D D W
Average goals per match: 1.63
Average goals against per match: 1.17
Top Scorer: Lebo Mothiba ( 8 )

PSG's season hasn't been without a disappointment or two. First, they lost their unbeaten league record at Lyon, and then they collapsed late at home to bow out of the Champion's League - which was undoubtedly their number one priority this season. They have nevertheless won their past eight in Ligue 1 as they progress serenely and untroubled towards another domestic title. Next in the firing line at the Parc des Princes are ninth placed Strasbourg.

Strasbourg actually haven't fared too badly against PSG this season, picking up a 1-1 draw in the reverse of this fixture, and only going down 2-0 here in the cup.

Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Adrien Rabiot all remain out for PSG. Strasbourg will be without the injured trio of Jonas Martin, Jeremy Grimm and Idriss Saadi in addition to the suspended Adrien Thomasson.

PSG may have lost their unbeaten record, but they still have a perfect home league season to go for. 15 teams have travelled here so far this season, and all have been beaten. PSG have scored three or more in 11 of those 15 games and racked up nine clean sheets in a display of utter dominance.

Strasbourg have done ok away from home, picking up four wins and six draws from their 15 fixtures to date. They only have three clean sheets across those games though which would be a worry coming here.

As with most of PSG's home games, this merely looks a matter of deciding how many the defending champions will win by.

Prediction: PSG 4 - 0 Strasbourg


Half time: 1 - 2
Full time: 2 - 2
Shots:  21 - 9
Shots on target: 6 - 4
Corner Kicks: 10 - 5
Possession: 74% - 26%

Two bookings at the Parc des Princes, both for the away side, with referee Thomas Leonard taking the names of Kenny Lala and Matz Sels.

Most of the stats looked pretty standard for a PSG home game here, all bar the final score-line that is. Bossing possession and well ahead in all the key attacking measures, PSG just couldn't master Strasbourg in the end, as the visitors did what no other domestic side has done so far this season in Ligue 1, and came away from the Parc des Princes with something to show for their efforts.

It started in fairly routine fashion for PSG, with the home side taking the lead in the 13th minute. Colin Dagba being played in down the right and flashing a low cross into the area. Eric Maxim Choupo Moting the man on the end of it to slot into the right hand side from the right edge of the six-yard box.

13 minutes later Strasbourg were back on level terms. Lovely passing through midfield to send Lionel Carole scampering clear down the left. Carole's cutback finding Nuno Da Costa around 12 yards out in the left of the area and da Costa in turn finding the bottom right corner.

PSG ought to have been back in front soon after when Choupo Moting inexplicably stopped the ball from rolling over the Strasbourg line. A moment to forget for the frontman.

Seven minutes before the break Strasbourg improbably took the lead. A corner from the right being cleared to Anthony Goncalves around 25 yards out and to the right hand side. Excellent strike from Goncalves into the right hand side. 1-2 at the break.

All PSG after the break with Kylian Mbappé sent on and wreaking havoc. It took until the 82nd minute for the equaliser to arrive though. Julian Draxler sending over a corner from the right and Thilo Kehrer leaping to send a header into the top left corner from around ten yards out and slightly right of centre. 2-2 final score.

With Lille only drawing this weekend too, PSG's lead at the top remains at an insurmountable 20 points. Excellent point for Strasbourg who remain in ninth.

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